Where things could go from here
We’re very far from this coming to pass, but speculation hasn’t stopped about what the NBA’s next course of action could be, regarding whether they will pick up where they left off in the season or go straight into the postseason.
On that subject, Lasry admitted there’s no clear direction regarding what the decision could be if and when things resume for the NBA:
“Look, it’s a great question, it really is. I don’t know the answer. I wish I did, I don’t think anybody does. And I don’t mean to going back to this 30 days mark, but it all depends on where you are in 30 days. If it feels like things have gotten better, there’s no more health emergencies, then I think that gives you a number of different options. If all of a sudden, government agencies say we have to wait four or six weeks, that’s different. I know everybody wants to try to figure it out, but I don’t think you can do anything until we sort of know what health agencies, medical professionals are sort of recommending, especially what’s going on in your city. Once certain states and cities start lifting the ban (on gatherings), then that makes it easier for all of the professional teams or anybody to figure out what should we be doing.”
As Beck asked about the financial implications of the NBA suspending the season and how that will impact the league’s revenue for the season, Lasry didn’t hold back how deep the pains could be felt financially:
“It’s going to be a large number, I just don’t know what the number is yet. I think we’re all trying to figure that out. It’s hard to project, just simply because you really don’t know what you’re missing yet. So I think everybody’s going to be spending the next four weeks figuring out what are the different financial impacts for everybody. It impacts the players, it ends up impacting everyone that works for the team. I mean, there’s a lot of people where it’s going to have some major impacts.”